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Email: cmcallister@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 970-375-4544

Archuleta County inmates might stay awhile

After a storm caused massive flooding in Archuleta County jail in late April, the county sheriff’s office improvised, sending three buses of inmates 57 miles to La Plata County jail. But according...

DATE: June 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas-price rise doesn’t slow drivers

At the Exxon station at Main Avenue and East Park Avenue, a gallon of regular gas cost Joe Laventure, owner of Back Country Solar, barely $2.75 at the well-worn pump he visited Tuesday to fill up...

DATE: June 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County jail receives 15 inmates after Archuleta County Courthouse flood

La Plata County jail welcomed about 15 new inmates this weekend after a flood at the Archuleta County Courthouse forced them to be relocated. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said he offered to...

DATE: April 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Michael McFarland convicted in Silverton manslaughter trial

SILVERTON – Residents here reacted with a mixture of sadness, stoicism and bitterness Thursday after a jury found Mike McFarland guilty of the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide instead...

DATE: April 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton manslaughter trial: Jurors’ deliberations extend into Thursday

SILVERTON – After 11 hours of jury deliberations, the eighth day of the McFarland trial ended without a verdict at San Juan County Courthouse, where Silverton native Michael McFarland stands...

DATE: April 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deliberations begin in McFarland trial

SILVERTON – Closing arguments are over, and the jury is deliberating in the trial of Michael McFarland, who is accused of manslaughter in connection with the death of his wife, Jessica McFarland,...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Something to treasure

Cicero was an ancient lawyer, not an antique buff. But surveying Treasures by Therese – which is closing its doors this summer after 30 years of business – one can’t help but think Cicero summed up...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawyers to make closing arguments in McFarland case

Lawyers are expected to make closing arguments at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the trial of Michael McFarland, who stands accused of manslaughter in the death of his wife, Jessica McFarland. In Silverton, the...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Girl, 8, a monster at cookie sales

When it comes to learning how to compete in the free market, there is, perhaps, no fiercer first job than hawking cookies for Girl Scouts of America. Unlike rapacious first-year traders at Goldman...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Blood-spatter expert takes the stand

SILVERTON – Outside the San Juan County Courthouse on Friday, Silverton looked like a ghost town, with snow pouring down onto deserted streets and businesses shuttered. But inside, the courthouse...

DATE: April 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

McFarland manslaughter trial: Law officers take stand

SILVERTON – Testimony from investigators provided more ammunition for the state’s case against Michael McFarland, who is on trial for manslaughter in connection with the death of his wife, Jessica...

DATE: April 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sex-assault victims’ faith in system discussed

The urgency of raising awareness of sexual assault was underlined as a key issue several times Thursday as dozens of people attended a packed panel discussion at the La Plata County Fairgrounds....

DATE: April 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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